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Sound for my steam loco

Postby 4472 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:40 pm

I want to have it whistle at a point on the track. I looked at train tech, but the bits won't fit into my tender ( it's a Hornby Hawksworth attached to a Castle class R2424 ) as the coal part is very low. I don't want to hack it about. I am sure I saw a system that used a reed switch and magnet but despite hours of Googling I cannot spot it. Can anyone help. or suggest another method. It would be nice if it chuffed as well
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby Forfarian » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:25 pm

Most sound decoders have two or three whistles/horns built into the programme software and all you have to do is press the whistle button on your controller when you want it to whistle!
Or am I missing something here???
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby 4472 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:21 pm

Forgot to mention I am DC not DCC.
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby glencairn » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:19 pm

I don’t know if it helps, but many years ago recordings were made on steam and diesel trains. By placing small speakers around the layout It was then possible to make specific sounds at certain parts. I know it was fiddly, but it worked (so they said).

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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby Bigmet » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:20 am

Dapol produced a 'Sound shed' to sit alongside the track like a lengthman's cabin specifically for this purpose, DC operation. Haven't seen mention of it since DCC sound really got going.

Sound on board for a whistle isn't too difficult as it is fairly hgh pitched and small 'sugar cube' speakers are now available.

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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby GeoFF03 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:19 am

I use the Train Tech modules with my DC layout. Rather than fit them in a loco or tender, I use an item of rolling stock that would not look out of place on passenger or goods workings, a parcels van, horse box or CCT. That way I'm not limited to one particular locomotive when I feel the need for sound.

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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby minipix » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:12 pm

Time for a shameless plug... I created a little web app specifically for this purpose earlier this year. LocoSound runs in a web browser, and is really optimised for mobile devices but should run on anything really. There's no link between the sound and the actual controller of course, so you'd need to be 'controlling' two devices to get the motion and the sound to match up, but it's not as fiddly as it sounds. I've only got one steam loco modelled so far, but if you're not too picky then it'll do.

https://mafu-d.github.io/loco-sound

Give it a try and let me know how you get on!
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby 4472 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:45 pm

Minipix. Nice little tool runs ok on pc and Android phone
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby End2end » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:02 pm

May I offer this thread for your perusal.
Read on from here viewtopic.php?f=7&t=45767#p555296

My personal solution viewtopic.php?f=7&t=45767#p555296

My other idea for your conundrum would be adding a reed switch and magents to trigger the whistle sound via a lineside speaker connected to one of the TF MP3 players I bought instead if playing the sound via one of the onboard buttons of the player.
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby End2end » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:10 pm

Just to add to my previous post, here is the TF MP3 player boards. £2.10 for 2 complete boards.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2Pcs-TF-U-di ... 1438.l2649
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby 4472 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:08 pm

Just got a newsletter from Gaugemaster announcing some interesting sound modules at £29.95. GM780 - GM784. Might wait for them
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby End2end » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 pm

HOW MUCH?! :o
That's as bad as Hornby's new static sounds wagon.
I could build 10 stand alone multi-sound systems for that using the TF boards, including the power supply.
OUCH :?
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EDIT: I have just read the email from Gaugemaster. For ambient playing background sounds I dont reccommend them at all.
This can do all that for nothing. - https://harry-potter-sounds.ambient-mix ... ts-express
The home page - https://www.ambient-mixer.com/
You can load sounds from the library and mute / randomize as you see fit. The hogwarts version is the one I picked out as it's railway specific but again you can load all the sounds to suit you.
You can record an hours worth and simply play it back via a pc or other device.
If you need speakers an old pair of headfones seperated so the 2 speakers are a distance from each other would do. Note that stereo sounds will come out of BOTH speakers / headphones.
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby End2end » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:41 am

Just found this. Cheaper than the Gaugemaster version.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLEARANCE-ST ... k:155:pf:0
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Re: Sound for my steam loco

Postby sishades » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:23 pm

I simply plug my phone into my hifi and bobs your gender confused auntie.
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